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Trekking In Zanskar


Trekking Routes in Zanskar:

Bisected by the Zanskar river, the region of Zanskar is less visited than the rest of Ladakh, largely because it’s harsher and has fewer facilities for accommodation, food, and the like.

Treks are possible in Zanskar, but should always be done with an experienced guide, and with sufficient supplies to see you through the trek. Among the more well-marked trekking trails are the Pensi La-Padum trail, the Padum-Darcha trail, the Padum-Leh trail and the Karsha-Lamayuru trail. The Padum-Leh and Karsha-Lamayuru trails are particularly taxing, and should be undertaken only if you’ve had some experience of trekking in the mountains, and are physically in peak condition.

If you’re really adventurous- and a veteran at trekking- you could try going to Zanskar in winter, when the Zanskar river freezes over, and can be used as a trail. It’s traditionally been used as a winter pathway by the local traders, but be warned: this requires a lot of fortitude and it’s not going to be a cakewalk.

Other popular treks in Ladakh include the Stok-Khangiri round trek, the Lamayuru-Padum trail, and the Hemis-Markha-Padum trek. Trekking through the Nubra Valley and in the vicinity of the Pangong Tso lake is also possible, but less common, as in both cases, there are high passes to be crossed- Khardung La on the way to Nubra and Chang La on the way to Pangong Tso. Crossing these on foot can be arduous, and most tourists content themselves with admiring them from the comfort of a hired vehicle.

Best time to visit

The best time to go is in the summer months between late June and end October.The rest of the year Zanskar is swathed in deep snow.


Further information on treks and sightseeing can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre at Fort Road, Leh, or the Assistant Director of Tourism, at the Tourist Reception Centre, Leh (Tel: 01982-2497). There are, in addition, countless travel agents, tour operators and trek organisers all across the main market of Leh, who will be able to help plan a trek, arrange for permits and supply both guide and equipment.


Trekking during the daylight is advisable, although you can go trekking during anytime of the day.

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